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Plane Crashes | Seattle personal injury lawyer
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Investigating plane crashes is a complex process because the pilot, air traffic controllers, equipment manufacturers, could be responsible for the crash. All civilian plane crashes are therefore investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) - an independent agency responsible for investigating plane accidents and publishing reports based on its findings.

An airplane crash could have been caused by negligence or carelessness of:
  • the owner of the aircraft,
  • the manufacturer of the plane
  • the pilot
  • parts or maintenance suppliers
  • or the federal government.

Accidents for which the government is found liable are subject to special rules and regulations. However, most aviation accidents, regardless of responsibility, are subject to general aviation law as determined by state and federal authorities.

Plane crash facts and statistics

  • Nearly 80 percent of all plane crashes occur shortly before or after takeoff or landing due to human error or mechanical failures.
  • The number one cause of aviation accidents is pilot error, which results in 45 percent of accidents. Undetermined causes: 33 percent. Mechanical failure: 13 percent.
  • In 2005, there were a total of 1,764 aviation accidents in the United States that resulted in 600 fatalities. Low-level maneuvering of an aircraft was the leading cause of fatal aviation accidents from 1998 to 2004.
  • In 2004, more than 70 percent of all plane crashes that ended in serious injury or fatality occurred during a personal flight. These accidents occur more frequently than airline or business plane accidents.
  • The most recent statistics on midair collisions has shown a steady decline. In 2004, there were 10 midair accidents resulting in 10 fatalities compared to 11 collisions in 2003 with 23 deaths.
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